The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) is attending the United Nations’ international COP24 climate change conference in Poland.
The GCCA says the meeting represents its first attendance at international climate negotiations, under the umbrella of its recent partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. It added that the move underlines the cement and concrete sector’s commitment to sustainable development and critical work to reduce global CO2 emissions.
GCCA cement director, Claude Lorea is travelling to Poland for a number of face-to-face talks with international stakeholders, including the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the International Emissions Trading Association.
Lorea commented: “With everyone acknowledging COP24 is the most critical gathering on climate change since the 2015 Paris Agreement, it is important that the GCCA and the cement and concrete sector is part of that discussion.
“There is a huge role for the private sector and major industries, which includes cement and concrete, in demonstrating leadership on the issue of climate change - that is what our GCCA members are committed to and why we are taking part in these talks.”
GCCA’s engagement in COP24 will focus on priorities from its recently launched work programme, such as reducing emissions through low carbon technologies, including carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), and the contribution of concrete towards a low carbon and energy efficient built environment.
The association added that a key discussion point for it at COP24 includes recarbonation – where the GCCA said that concrete can play a role in taking CO2 out of the atmosphere – as well as potential important related measures for IPCC implementation.
Lorea said: “The GCCA exists to drive advances in sustainable construction whilst demonstrating industrial sustainable leadership in cement and concrete manufacturing. We are working to enhance the sector’s contribution to global developmental challenges.”
The recently launched GCCA represents cement producers form across the world. In November it launched a global work programme, sustainability charter and guidelines towards its commitment to a positive contribution on global sustainable development.